Mohammed A. Ayoub, D.Arch, AIA, RIBA


"Design is all about the intangibles, the human experience,
and that emanates from empathy."

Mohammed not only leads design in HDR’s Manhattan office, but he also spearheads a firm-wide initiative to integrate advanced innovative technologies into the design process. His award-winning portfolio demonstrates his ability to understand and capture the mission and spirit of a wide variety of organizations and translate these qualities into meaningful architecture. He has designed more than 20 million square feet of healthcare facilities globally, seamlessly guiding his clients through complex projects from San Francisco to India to Abu Dhabi and China, including several medical cities in Saudi Arabia. Learn more about Mohammed


Design for Context: Small Details, Big Impact

Mohammed has led design teams for much-applauded healthcare facilities worldwide that blend advanced solutions with sensitivity to local customs, rituals and
religions. This presentation explores a strategic branding process that inspires healthcare facilities to cater to the needs and customs of the community, down to the last detail. Learn how intangible factors — local customs, familiar color palettes and cultural symbols — can’t be measured but often determine a facility’s ability to build trust and lasting success within a community.

Harmonizing Data-Driven Design with Patient Experience

This presentation explores how informing the design process with rich data results in the best design solutions to meet each client’s unique needs. Experience design is crucial...

Speaking + Publications

  • "Learning from Hospitality and Retail in Healthcare Design: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi," CONTRACT Magazine, November 2016
  • "Global Architecture in the Middle East," Architecture School Programme Lecture, Dar Al-Uloom University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2016
  • "Global Healthcare Design," AIA Middle East Annual Conference and Design, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 2015
  • "Improving Efficiency and Streamlining Hospital Operations," Hospital Build - Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 2014
  • "A Culture of Caring," Metropolis Magazine, October 2013
  • "The Importance of Knowledge Transfer in the Health & Science Sectors from the U.S. to the Arab World", C3: Community Collaboration Commerce Summit, New York, NY, 2014
  • "The Future of Healthcare," Second Saudi Forum for Planning and Design of Hospitals, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 2014
  • "Destination Hospitals: Design of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi,” Bioethical Inquiry, August 2011
  • "Leaders in Design Panel: Harnessing Innovation, Sustainability and Iconic Design to shape the new Urban Landscape," Big 5 Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2013
  • "King Saud Medical City: An Approach to Best Practices and Experience-Based Design," Faculty of Architecture, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2014
  • "Focus on Sustainability - Q&A," The Big 5 Preview, November 2013
  • "Leaders in Design: Harnessing Innovation, Sustainability and Iconic Design to Shape the New Urban Landscape," The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 2013
  • "Hospitals Going Green," Building Green, August 2011
  • "Abu Dhabi Hospital Balances Modern and Traditional Needs," Civil Engineering Magazine, July 2013
  • "Achieving LEED Gold status through a 'beyond state-of-the-art design’,” Sustainable Design & Construction Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2013